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benedict's announcement and its what everyone is talking about. >> he is almost 86 and has every right. it shows humility. it's good. >> it's a very big step. people have often suffered from the office. it's good to see that a pope can resign. they are human, too. >> in western germany, home to one of the oldest catholic diocese. they won the church year to modernize. pope benedict is the source of much heated debate. >> 80%-90% of all followers use contraception, officially forbidden by the vatican. if we and drifted apart to such an extent, something must be wrong. >> it is not just an issue among worshipers. he says the bishops are often too detached and have to deal with grass-roots issues. >> i see this among the full- time staff, the ones on the front line. they are frustrated and disappointed with the leadership, the bishops' conference, but disappointed with wrong. this is much greater than among normal questions. >> the mass is over in berlin. the priest here is happy with the church. he is an admirer of pope benedict saying there's no need for change. >> i enjoy reading every
] the most famous order, the benedictine, was founded by saint benedict in the sixth century. his great rule--poverty, chastity, and obedience-- insisted on a life devoted to manual labor... devoted to prayer and to the copying and interpretation of the sacred texts. decorating these books was an act of devotion. during the middle es, sumptuous manuscript illumations were the most important form of painting in western art. by 1100, endowed with massive grants of land from kings and nobles, the great orders-- the benedictine, the cluniac, the cistercian-- held virtual monastic empires across europe, powerful patrons of art and architecture. this beautiful building is the priory church of paray-le-monial. it is, in fact, a perfect example of cluniac romanesque architecture at the height of its powers. where does the term romanesque come from? like many other widely used words in the history of art, like "impressionism" or "gothic," "romanesque" began its life as a derogatory term. historians in the early 19th century thought that the massive pillars and great vaults of romanesque buildings loo
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